Indian Premier League has become a property with broadcast value for each event. After the IPL auction has generated 46.5 million viewers, the IPL official broadcaster and franchisees are all set to add another chapter to IPL’s glorious history.
For the first time, two IPL franchisees – Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders – will announce their captains live on television. The Rajasthan Royals are scheduled to announce their captain on Saturday, February 24. The KKR will name a replacement for Gautam Gambhir on next Sunday, March 4.
ROYALS’ RICH CHOICES!
Rajasthan Royals mentor Shane Warne has shared the strong options at his franchisee’s disposal to lead the team. “The captain plays an important role as there are players coming from different countries and he needs to bring them all together. A captain is instrumental to create a culture within the team wherein every one gels with each other on and off the field. We indeed have some great choices- the likes of Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith who bring leadership values with them. Jos Buttler too has capabilities to lead a team,” said Warne.
UTHAPPA FOR KKR?
Former KKR and India captain Sourav Ganguly said, “It is important for KKR to entrust their new captain with the kind of faith and stability they showed in Gautam Gambhir. When I look at the current KKR squad, I feel Robin Uthappa is the best player to lead the team. Though the team has experienced campaigners in Dinesh Karthik and Chris Lynn but Uthappa has been with the team for over 4 years now and he’s had considerable experience in dealing with the dynamics of the side, not to mention that he’s a fan favourite as well. An aggressive batsman himself, he will be the right successor to the legacy that KKR has come to build over the last decade.”
KKR will also offer their fans to nominate their choices for the captain via fan poll starting tomorrow on their website before the one question on everybody’s minds – ‘KKR ka Captain Kaun?’ – is answered on 4 March.
Speaking on the qualities KKR is seeking in their next captain, KKR Assistant Coach Simon Katich said, “While on-field characteristics play an important role, we are also looking at someone who can be a big part of the camp off the field. It is important how the captain goes around and creates a friendly atmosphere in the camp by not always talking cricket and also getting to know the players and their characteristics.”
The 11th edition of IPL starts on 7 April with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on two-time winners Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royals will kick-off their season with an away fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 9 April.
KKR will begin their IPL 2018 journey at Eden Gardens against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore on 8 April.